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WATCH: Young Zulu Couple Has First Traditional African Gay Wedding

The small South African town of KwaDukuza had its ‘First Traditional African Gay Wedding’ over the weekend when a young Zulu couple tied the knot.

According to IOL News, Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27, walked down the aisle in front of 200 guests at the Stanger Siva Sungam community hall.

Thoba, an IT specialist, and Tshepo, an audit manager, have dated on and off for years. They will adopt each other’s names in the hybrid Sithole-Modisane, as will their future kids; the couple is reportedly planning to have children through a surrogate.

“Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children,” said Thoba. “We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them.”

Tshepo and Thoba enjoyed the support of family and friends in South Africa, where gay marriage is legal. However, a series of gay murders have plagued the nation recently and, as San Diego Gay and Lesbian News points out, Zulu traditional chiefs attempted to remove sexual orientation as a protected class from the South African constitution.

Thsepo wanted to be so open about his and Thoba’s nuptials in hopes of inspiring “people out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality”.

“We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about,” he said. “Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and build a family through a happy and loving marriage.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Apr 9, 2013
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  • 23 Comments
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Totally rad.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1986
      1986

      Commenting from SA. Love this!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 7:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jazpyy
      Jazpyy

      Hope there isn’t going to be another video of them being burnt to death by a lynch mob by the end of the week.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 8:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • knoxxy2008
      knoxxy2008

      Sweet!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 9:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas
      viveutvivas

      Your authority on things South African is San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Seriously?

      Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob LaBlah
      Bob LaBlah

      @Jazpyy: You never know. Last I heard Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe called and demanded to know why he was invited and said that he wasn’t sending a gift just before slamming down the phone.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fenrisulfr
      fenrisulfr

      Wow. I can’t imagine how much courage this took especially in the context of Suth Africa. Inspirational. Also, really cute!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • frubino
      frubino

      oohh they so cute married and I’m so happy too.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ait10101
      ait10101

      From South Africa: this is great! It was a religious ceremony as well. Looks like they have lots of support from their community. The comments have been generally positive, but not suprisingly some have not been.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seaki
      seaki

      Dang IT!!!!!! I am such a cornball, why do I have tears in my eyes? Must be the pollen in the air. Congrats gentlemen.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      Beautiful beyond words.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dbmyers
      dbmyers

      This gives me hope and happiness. Universal world-wide human rights is coming!!!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sohobod
      Sohobod

      @Jazpyy
      I totally agree with you, but fear the same.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion
      B Damion

      LMAO….ooo y’all I fell out when they started dancing lol…only black folks child. Only black folks..lol!

      I loved it. Every minute!!!. If I get married one day I hope to get this much support.
      Good for them.

      Chiiiiiiiillld I live!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      “Being gay is as African as being black.”
      -Cameron Modisane (Groom)
      That guy is amazing.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL
      LadyL

      So marvelous–they’re beautiful. My very best wishes go out to them and to the friends and family who love and support them. Some here have expressed worry for their safety–I’m saying a prayer and keeping a good thought.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Will L
      Will L

      This is wonderful.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • catsura
      catsura

      What a cute couple!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zapple68
      zapple68

      This is so great! Good luck to the 2 newlyweds.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • northwest
      northwest

      That was beautiful, I hope they have a long and happy life together.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 4:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DOFEK
      DOFEK

      From South Africa, Yahooo, how sweet hope for the best for you guys AdamHomo.

      Apr 11, 2013 at 9:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • darkorient
      darkorient

      Awesome. Just awesome.

      Apr 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Howard
      Howard

      That’s Hot.
      I am so happy for them.
      Way To Go!
      Many Happy Years Together!

      May 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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